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Beautiful Red Rock

Red Rock 

Red Rock: a few thousand routes, generally warm weather, every kind climbing from short sport routes to big 20-pitch outings, nearby Las Vegas for off-rock activities. Who could ask for more?

Note that the scenic loop drive access is limited by the BLM (see LATE EXIT info below). Schedule is as follows:
November through February 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April through September 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(details at BLM link: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/>>>


***** LATE EXIT PASSES *****
It is easy to be late returning to your car, and the tickets are EXPENSIVE. The BLM has a "Late Exit" system in place to allow climbers extra time before they must exit the scenic loop road. Full details are on the BLM recording at 702-515-5050. Here's what to do:

Call the LATE EXIT RECORDING at 702-515-5050.

You can call up to seven days prior to your climb. If you can get a cell phone signal (but don't count on this), you can call as late as 4:00 p.m. on the day of your climb. Be prepared to recite the following information to the answering machine:

1. Your name and address
2. Vehicle license number and description
3. Type of pass (late exit or overnight)
4. Intended date of climb
5. Route name
6. Parking area
7. Your phone number

ALL information must be left or NO PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED!

All climbers should take advantage of this excellent resource. Any number of unexpected things can cause you to run late on a climb. Don't let your trip get ruined with an expensive, but avoidable, parking ticket.


IMPORTANT: Waste bags are provided in several locations (e.g. Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor) by the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council in order to reduce human waste issues at the crags and boulders. Please feel free to take one, use as directed, and dispose of in any trash receptacle. Please do not leave them lying around, and do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas. The project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant, with additional funding from the Access Fund and Mountain Gear. Please do your part to be a good steward of this amazing climbing area.


1,741 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Red Rock:
Solar Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1220'   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Upper Tier
Cat in the Hat   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Olive Oil   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 7 pitches, 600'   Juniper Canyon : Rose Tower
Johnny Vegas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Birdland   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall
Great Red Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Second Pullout : Great Red Book Rock
Frogland   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Dark Shadows   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Crimson Chrysalis   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
Big Bad Wolf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Calico Basin : Riding Hood Wall
Epinephrine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 13 pitches, 1600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Straight Shooter   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Pine Creek Canyon : Straight Shooter Wall
Sour Mash   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Dream of Wild Turkeys   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
The Nightcrawler   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall
Triassic Sands   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Fiddler on the Roof   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 500'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Levitation 29   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 700'   Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall
Cloud Tower   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 810'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
The Original Route   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : The Rainbow Wall
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Photos of Red Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Snowy Mt. Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain. <br /> <br />Note the sunny Solar Slab area in Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br /> <br />Taken 12/19/06
Snowy Mt. Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain.

Note the ...
And you thought you were having a bad day.  Snake eats lizard on trail to Mescalito.
And you thought you were having a bad day. Snake ...
Red Rocks. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Wilson on 12/15/08
Mt. Wilson on 12/15/08
Watch out for ringtails at Red Rocks!!
Watch out for ringtails at Red Rocks!!
Black Velvet Canyon
Black Velvet Canyon
Near the calico hills
Near the calico hills
Yeah, we're going to Red Rocks to do some climbing!
Yeah, we're going to Red Rocks to do some climbing...
Sunset over Red Rocks from the Second Pullout, October 2010.
Sunset over Red Rocks from the Second Pullout, Oct...
Chuckwalla lizard
Chuckwalla lizard
A cold down draft on a stormy February day.  The next morning snow covered much of the higher elevations.  02-13-2007
A cold down draft on a stormy February day. The n...
Red Rocks sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
I couldn't find this hardcore route anywhere in the guide book!
I couldn't find this hardcore route anywhere in th...
Pacific Treefrog with a reflection of the South side of Lower Bridge Mountain in water. <br />
Pacific Treefrog with a reflection of the South si...
The locals, often seen pan-handling near parking lots.
The locals, often seen pan-handling near parking l...
Mt. Wilson during a beautiful day in Red Rock.  Makes me want to climb to the summit.
Mt. Wilson during a beautiful day in Red Rock. Ma...
Natural Tank-Calico Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Natural Tank-Calico Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Impressive looking vistas of Pine Creek canyon after the rain
Impressive looking vistas of Pine Creek canyon aft...
Red Rock panorama. Such a great place
Red Rock panorama. Such a great place
Agave. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Agave.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunrise at Red Rock just before all Hell cut loose in the valley. 2009 Red Rock Rendezvous.
Sunrise at Red Rock just before all Hell cut loose...
Chuckwalla Lizard
Chuckwalla Lizard
rock art on the approach to Winter Heat Wall
rock art on the approach to Winter Heat Wall
Looking West from the Great Read Book walk-off.
Looking West from the Great Read Book walk-off.
eyebrows over rainbow mountain
eyebrows over rainbow mountain
Calico Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Calico Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rock escarpment, looking south
Red Rock escarpment, looking south
sunset
sunset
Red Rock
Red Rock
Mt. Wilson at dawn
Mt. Wilson at dawn
Snowfall in Red Rock on 12/18/08. I believe it was the heaviest snowfall in RR in 30 years per report.
Snowfall in Red Rock on 12/18/08. I believe it was...
New route on west face?
New route on west face?
Patterns in sandstone. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Patterns in sandstone.
Photo by Blitzo.
red rock locals <br />
red rock locals
Driving through the Red Rock Loop after heavy snowfall on 12/18/08.
Driving through the Red Rock Loop after heavy snow...
Joshua Trees and the massive sandstone walls of Red Rocks.
Joshua Trees and the massive sandstone walls of Re...
My friend, the scorpion
My friend, the scorpion
Cactus flowers
Cactus flowers
Another beautiful day at Red Rocks!
Another beautiful day at Red Rocks!
Datura in Pine Creek.
Datura in Pine Creek.
Sunrise on the approach to Mt. Wilson, 11/07.
Sunrise on the approach to Mt. Wilson, 11/07.
red rock at Red Rocks.
red rock at Red Rocks.
Richard Harrison and John Long bouldering at Willow Springs.
Richard Harrison and John Long bouldering at Willo...
Another Tough Day on the Rocks
Another Tough Day on the Rocks
the drive in
the drive in
Looking East from atop Brownstone Wall.
Looking East from atop Brownstone Wall.
the gorgeous black velvet canyon
BETA PHOTO: the gorgeous black velvet canyon
View of First and Second pullout area from high up in Juniper Canyon on a cold November day.
View of First and Second pullout area from high up...
The original Red Rock "high-scaler", ca. 1933.  This guy has been at this hanging belay for over 20 years!
The original Red Rock "high-scaler", ca. 1933. Th...
Red Rocks without a car. Doable, but not recommended.
Red Rocks without a car. Doable, but not recommend...
An interesting cloud near turtle head
An interesting cloud near turtle head
Waterfall after thunderstorm, <br />Icebox Canyon 7/28/13
Waterfall after thunderstorm,
Icebox Canyon 7/28/1...
Sunset over Red Rock - December 3, 2013.  Taken from Calico Basin after a nice after work trail run
Sunset over Red Rock - December 3, 2013. Taken fr...
Moonrise over Vegas, on the hike out from Disappearing Buttress.
Moonrise over Vegas, on the hike out from Disappea...
Red Rocks
Red Rocks
Red Rock <br />Cell camera.No Pshop.
Red Rock
Cell camera.No Pshop.
A favorite water hole in Red Rock.
A favorite water hole in Red Rock.
Beautiful Red Rocks
Beautiful Red Rocks
these guys are so cool...
these guys are so cool...
Feeling good placing bomber gear in Red Rocks.
Feeling good placing bomber gear in Red Rocks.
The Keystone Thrust
BETA PHOTO: The Keystone Thrust
Sunrise at Red Rocks
Sunrise at Red Rocks
bomber
bomber
City of Light
City of Light
Red Rock after the storm, November 2008.
Red Rock after the storm, November 2008.
Red Rock panoramic
Red Rock panoramic
Red Rocks, fall 2011
Red Rocks, fall 2011
Red Rock
Red Rock
Sunrise from the campground.
Sunrise from the campground.
Ya ever find yourself drinking whiskey and concerned that you're not getting enough vitamins?  You ever drink Vitamin Water and realize you're just not getting drunk enough? <br />Introducing our revolutionary new drink, Vita-Whisk!  Taking over a dirt bag campsite near you.
Ya ever find yourself drinking whiskey and concern...
The Madman, The Wall Crawler and Scotty. Early Red Rocks adventurers. Photo courtesy of the Jim Newberry collection.
The Madman, The Wall Crawler and Scotty. Early Red...
Foxtail cactus. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Foxtail cactus.
Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks Panorama
BETA PHOTO: Red Rocks Panorama
Mojave Yuccas-Red Rocks. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mojave Yuccas-Red Rocks.
Photo by Blitzo.
Rainbow Mountain and storm clouds
Rainbow Mountain and storm clouds
As the storm rolls in...
As the storm rolls in...
Desert Paintbrush. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Paintbrush.
Photo by Blitzo.
My Friend the Burro
My Friend the Burro
Blue Yucca. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Blue Yucca.
Photo by Blitzo.
10/16/10 redrock1
10/16/10 redrock1
Turtlehead Peak from pitch 5, Tunnel Vision.
Turtlehead Peak from pitch 5, Tunnel Vision.
Red Rock
Red Rock
visitor center fauna
visitor center fauna
Sunset March 26th 2011
Sunset March 26th 2011
Bonnie Springs Ambiance
BETA PHOTO: Bonnie Springs Ambiance
Greg in his tent after a particularly windy night at the campground.
Greg in his tent after a particularly windy night ...
Red Rocks February the 17th, 2009
Red Rocks February the 17th, 2009
Red Rock ice
Red Rock ice
VEGAS, BABY!!! YEAH!
VEGAS, BABY!!! YEAH!
Morning, Calico Hills.
Morning, Calico Hills.
All the comforts of home
All the comforts of home
Our Bro
Our Bro
There used to be horses in Red Rock.
There used to be horses in Red Rock.
Snowy Icebox Canyon. Red Rock, December 2006.
Snowy Icebox Canyon. Red Rock, December 2006.
Bridge Mountain. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bridge Mountain.
Photo by Blitzo.
Juniper Canyon, etc from next the exit.
Juniper Canyon, etc from next the exit.
Oooooooooh! That's Andy on Whoosh at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon in the Red Rocks, Las Vegas. This is a terrible place to belay or hang out at the crag. A giant loose block is teetering ready to fall from the top of this pitch. PLEASE share this WARNING as widely as possible.
BETA PHOTO: Oooooooooh! That's Andy on Whoosh at the mouth of ...
Ian clipping some fresh bolts at the first pull out
Ian clipping some fresh bolts at the first pull ou...
Bonnie Springs Hotel -closest shower to Red Rocks & where the pets go ~
Bonnie Springs Hotel -closest shower to Red Rocks ...
Globeflower with visitor in Pine Creek.
Globeflower with visitor in Pine Creek.
Desert bloom.
Desert bloom.
I've heard of chicken heads but this is ridiculous...
I've heard of chicken heads but this is ridiculous...
Surprise
Surprise
Novus Ordo Seclorum
Novus Ordo Seclorum
Red rock back country
Red rock back country
Red Rock Fees
Red Rock Fees
Mt. Wilson on a windy day.
Mt. Wilson on a windy day.
Rapping in Red Rock
Rapping in Red Rock
Black Velvet Wall
Black Velvet Wall
Red Rocks Rappel
Red Rocks Rappel
Panorama
Panorama
Heading down after a full day at Windy
Heading down after a full day at Windy
Some little girl wishes she was climbing the longer lines.
Some little girl wishes she was climbing the longe...
Oak Canyon and Solar Slab.
Oak Canyon and Solar Slab.
a magical area
a magical area
Sunrise in RR
Sunrise in RR
View from the top of the Cloud Tower.
View from the top of the Cloud Tower.
Red Rocks on a hot day at the end of September 2008.
Red Rocks on a hot day at the end of September 200...
Found this little guy somewhere secret.  We left it on a rock for someone else to find.  Hopefully the next person will have the same experience that we did finding this thing and then leave it for another...
Found this little guy somewhere secret. We left i...
Sunday morning March 27, 2011
Sunday morning March 27, 2011
Icebox Canyon, winter
Icebox Canyon, winter
Sunrise from camp.
Sunrise from camp.
Panorama of Red Rock Canyon
Panorama of Red Rock Canyon
Calico Hills from Tunnel Vision.
Calico Hills from Tunnel Vision.
Prior to the FA of the Resolution Aręte. <br />
Prior to the FA of the Resolution Aręte.
The row of titan walls, from the top of Angel Food Wall.
The row of titan walls, from the top of Angel Food...
The strip for that day off of climbing.
The strip for that day off of climbing.
high on Eagledance
high on Eagledance
slummin in Bonnie Springs
slummin in Bonnie Springs
Turtle head peak from the top of physical graffiti on the Riding hood wall
Turtle head peak from the top of physical graffiti...
Calico Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Calico Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rock
Red Rock
A wavy view of the second pullout.
A wavy view of the second pullout.
Mojave flora.
Mojave flora.
Full moon over Vegas from Red Rock campground
Full moon over Vegas from Red Rock campground
Feeling good running it out in Red Rocks. See next photo.
Feeling good running it out in Red Rocks. See next...
Calico Hills from The Ledger.
Calico Hills from The Ledger.
Screen shot of the home page for "climbingredrocks.com" as it looked in 2004.
Screen shot of the home page for "climbingredrocks...
Red Rocks Rondezvous- crowded, but when it is on, it's the only polace left in town to sleep! Photo by Tony Bubb, 2006.
Red Rocks Rondezvous- crowded, but when it is on, ...
30 second exposure looking back at Pine Canyon, October 2010.
30 second exposure looking back at Pine Canyon, Oc...
The backside view of the Red Rock escarpment. Picture taken from Griffith Peak.
The backside view of the Red Rock escarpment. Pict...
nice <br />
nice
Sunrise in Red Rocks
Sunrise in Red Rocks
From the visitor center.  Amazing.
From the visitor center. Amazing.
My friend, the lizard of Illusion Crags.
My friend, the lizard of Illusion Crags.
Vegas.
Vegas.
Red Rock
Red Rock
Red rock sunset.
Red rock sunset.
Red Rock
Red Rock
Red Rock
Red Rock
Typical Red rock Sunrise on the way out for a day of climbing
Typical Red rock Sunrise on the way out for a day ...
Sunrise from the campground.
Sunrise from the campground.
Beware of Rolling Rocks!!!
BETA PHOTO: Beware of Rolling Rocks!!!
mount wilson red rock jan 06
mount wilson red rock jan 06
Sunset from the road to the Red Rock Campground
Sunset from the road to the Red Rock Campground
A nice little view
A nice little view
A quick panoramic view of the Calico hills. Taken on the terrace below Running Man
A quick panoramic view of the Calico hills. Taken ...
Unknown climber, unknown route, Calico Hills (between 1st and 2nd pullout parking lots). Dec. 19, 2013
Unknown climber, unknown route, Calico Hills (betw...
Mescalito
Mescalito
Jubilant Song
Jubilant Song
whose face
whose face
Bouldering at Red Rock, Nevada, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Bouldering at Red Rock, Nevada, photo: Bob Horan C...
Waterfall 7/28/13. <br />Icebox Canyon
Waterfall 7/28/13.
Icebox Canyon
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By Bryson Slothower
Mar 23, 2006

"Who could ask for more?"

How about some beta on the camping...

By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Mar 23, 2006

Bryson, try www.redrockcanyonlv.org/faq.htm. Camping was $10/night last time I stayed there. On the positive side, there's potable water, clean pit toilets, and it's pretty close to the entrance loop. However, the sites are not wind or sun-protected and the campground as a whole is not very scenic. As they say, a picture says a thousand words.

As an alternative to camping, you might want to try hotels.com as well - it's not uncommon to find rooms for $35 per night on Sun-Thurs. If you can get a good deal, I highly recommend the Artisan Hotel at the corner of I-15 and Sahara. Great rooms, killer lounge bar, funky ambiance, and non-smoking.

Since I'm on a roll, I'll also recommend BJ's Restaurant & Brewery on West Charleston for a post-climbing brewski and pizza or burger. Try the Tatonka Imperial Stout or Piranha Pale Ale!

By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 23, 2006

Thanks for the info, Mike.

I'd like to see the main Red Rock page updated to include this info, and additional info on hotels, places to eat and buy beer, climbing shops, climbing gear, entrance fees, gate hours, etc.

An overview of the climbing areas and some climbing photos would be nice too.

See The Gunks for an example.

Also, it seems that the area is called "Red Rock", not "Red Rocks", by the locals these days. Maybe the area should be renamed.

By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Mar 23, 2006

Ron --

I've always called it "Red Rocks" (as per the red Urioste and subsequent Swain guidebooks), although the official name is the "Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA)". The locals call it "Red Rock" and are quick to point out that you must be a non-local if you call it "Red Rocks" (think "Buena Vista, CO"). "Red Rock Canyon" seems like the best option for this site. What do you think, Larry?

Additional info: Desert Rock Sports on W. Charleston is the place to go for gear, guidebooks, etc. The old owner, Mike Ward, sold the shop about a year ago, and they moved a few doors down. The Powerhouse Gym is located in the same strip mall and provides showers for a small fee. Trader Joe's is located at 2101 S. Decatur and has great food, wine, coffee, cheese (much of it organically-grown) at excellent prices.

By Bryson Slothower
Mar 24, 2006

Great info Mike. Thanks!
more...
www.supertopo.com/climbingareas/redrocks.html

By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Mar 29, 2006

The Powerhouse Gym on W. Charleston Blvd. and Cimarron was renamed to
Red Rock Climbing Center after the change of ownership.
8201 W. Charleston Blvd.
ste. 150
Phone: 702-254-5604

Desert Rock Sports for your gear needs(in same plaza as R.R.C.C.)
Also... can offer a lot of helpful information to visiting or local climbers.

Whole Foods
10 minutes from Red Rock
8855 W Charleston Blvd
Phone: 702-254-8655

The Sunflower Market is also great if you like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods type grocery items. They have a huge selection of fruits and vegetables, wide aisles, and less crowded. Their prices seem more reasonable too.
4020 S. Rainbow Blvd
Located on the NE corner of Flamingo and S. Rainbow Blvd.
Store Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 AM - 10 PM
Phone: 702-876-4888

In same plaza as Sunflower Market:
Einstein Bagels, Starbucks,
and a French Bakery:
Bonjour Euro Bakers
(Great pastries, coffee, and sandwiches!)
Owners Stephane & Gerard
Phone: 702-889-4628

BJ's Restaurant, and Brewery as mentioned above, is popular for after climbing feasts.
On W. Charleston Blvd./215 freeway

By Karsten
From: Sacramento, CA
Jun 18, 2006

Heavy Fines for staying late . . .

Scorching weather . . .

Routes crowded with gumbies . . .

Crappy, expensive campground . . .

Why come to Red Rocks?

Mwwaaahahahahaha

By Jerry Handren
Aug 5, 2006

Hi Folks
I'm close to completing a new guidebook to Red Rocks, (yes another one). I've got room for a few more shots and have too many of my friends already, so I'd like to get a few new faces in there. I'm looking for shots of leaders on multi pitch canyon routes in particular, but any nice shot will do. 4 mp digital is probably the minimum, I can use slides as well.
Any new route information is welcome. If its in the canyons and bolts are involved send it anonymously, so that neither I nor the BLM know who you are!. My E-Mail is jerryhandren@earthlink.net.

By Tea
Aug 31, 2006

Worst campground EVER!

By Blitzo
Sep 23, 2006

Red Rocks is Awesome! One of my favorite places, but the campground SUCKS!!!

By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Sep 26, 2006

If you are a hardcore mountain biker, you MUST take a side trip to
Bootleg Canyon in beautiful Boulder City.
Only a 30 -40 minute freeway drive from Vegas. Check it out!

By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 14, 2006

Weather information for Calico Basin (weather station KNVLASVE41) may be found at www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Las_Vegas.html. Scroll down the page to "Calico Basin, Red Rock Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV"

By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 15, 2006

The National Weather Service also has a weather station in Red Rock, this one is at the Visitor Center.

NWS Red Rock

By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 25, 2007

FWIW the Las Vegas airport makes for a lousy bivy spot...

By Jordan Ramey
From: Calgary, Alberta
Oct 18, 2007

Originally posted by "chris ansari"

-----------------
The kind folks over at the BLM have published a bunch of data about the climbing routes within the conservation area. It has some pretty incredible photos of walls with route locations.

It is not a substitute for a guidebook, but might be a nice complement for finding routes. It's worth looking over.

www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/>>>

On the right side of the page is the red rock climbing inventory.
It is downloadable in sections as a pdf.

By acouncell
From: Estes Park, CO
Aug 19, 2008

To you Red Rock locals, besides the campground and the "Artisan Hotel," do you all know of hotels/hostels reasonably priced and on the west side of town? I seem to be having a hard time finding anything besides the Suncoast and Red Rock Casino. This is a great help to those of us who don't want to camp in the wind. Thanks!

By Tyson
From: Salt lake city, ut
Oct 2, 2008

Any advice on the best guidebook to buy?

By Karsten
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 10, 2008

There is only one guidebook to buy:
- Red Rocks A Climber's Guide
by Jerry Handren

-amazing color photos
-most routes of any guide
-climbing history
-accurate information

By Lee Jenkins
From: Buena Vista, Colorado
Nov 10, 2008

Yeah,

Well, re: the late exit 'policy'. This is the MOST restrictive of any public land. I got a ticket 2 days ago for $125, are you kidding me?

And we were less than 2 hours late, due to a rope stuck, rappel issue.

These are 'our lands' and we should have full access for foot travel in/out, just like the wild animals.

THIS IS JUST WRONG!

By Mike Howard
Administrator
Nov 14, 2008

Larry,
If you have a guide serves list, could you please add:

Mountain Skills Guides . Jay Foley and Mike Ward have been providing permitted and insured guiding services in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area of Las Vegas for over 15 years.

Thanks,

Mike

By Andrew Carson
From: Wilson, WY
Jan 26, 2009

Red Rock Loop road closing at 4?
I guess I'll find out in a few hours, but is it true that the blm is now closing the loop an hour early? Hell, why not just close it completely? Anything is possible with these people. Hope it's a rumor but knowing the blm, likely it's true.

By SAL
From: broomdigiddy
Mar 4, 2009

based on the conversation I just had on the phone with the park they are open until 7pm that is the time that the law enforcer comes to hunt ya down. I think it is always a good idea to get the permit just in case. Shit happens when your out there.
it costs nothing to obtain a late exit permit.

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 9, 2009

I recently picked up a copy of the new Jerry Handren guide and it is excellent! My biggest complaint is the text size - it is incredibly small. I would estimate 8pt font. I think Red Rocks is getting too large for a single guidebook. The climbing naturally splits between trad and sport, and it makes sense now to have a separate guide for each. I'm sure all the sport climbers have little interest in the extra pages devoted to all the new 5.8 trad routes, and similarly us trad climbers have little interest in hard sport routes.

The only thing I see lacking in this guide is it does not address runout potential very well in many routes I am familiar with. Very rarely does one see an "R" attached to any route. Often any runouts are mentioned in the text, but I would like to see it in the rating as well. Safe sport routes are identified as such, but I am referring to trad routes.

By C Miller
Administrator
Aug 4, 2009

Red Rock Guide Book online with new routes, corrections and more - www.redrocksguidebook.com/forum/index.php

By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 10, 2009

Question about critters in Oak Creek Canyon; I was coming down through the canyon (11/5/09) and noticed there were what appeared to be large pools of urine on many of the boulders on the canyon floor. Does anyone have any idea what type of animal might have done this? I don't think it was human because I am pretty sure I was the only one in the canyon that day. I was descending from Solar Slab and was a little nervous, but don't really know what kind of critter it might have been. Many thanks for an answer.

By rockratrei
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 10, 2009

Big Horn Sheep - I see the pee pods all the time.

By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 11, 2009

Hey; Thanks for the schoolin'. Big horn sheep sound a lot better than the big cats I was imagining. Cheers!

By Sung
From: Denver, CO
Dec 24, 2009

Going to Red Rocks over the weekend. Any suggestions on nice "sunny" routes? I have done solar slab before. I am looking for something in the 5.6-5.9 range, trad.

By adamgable
From: Laramie, WY
Jan 5, 2010

Hey, what are some of you red rock locals favorite link ups for a day. Somewhere in the 10 range. Lots of mileage.As much sun as possible, from wyoming though so can handle the freezing temps to. Straight forward descents since it gets dark early. Looking for some info. Will be down there for four days of climbing and would like to know what you think. Have climbed pretty extensively down there but have never done any links outside of solar slab to the eagle dance. thanks for the beta

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 6, 2010

Linkups in the .10 range-

Black Orpheus to anything on Eagle Wall- Mountain Beast, Levitation, etc- super fun and easy to do if you're quick.

If'n you're real quick, you can link up any of the routes on Windy Peak- the descents off of all of them deposit you back at the base.

If you can tolerate the cold, I've heard that starting Lone Star via Epinephrine is pretty damn cool- and LOOONG- something like 20-odd pitches, although it can be done in less.

Lots of pitches can be had if you link up Spectrum, Birdland, and Bighorn- that wouldnt be too tough.

By Curtis Olson
From: Idaho
Sep 19, 2010

I am hoping someone with knowledge of Red Rocks, NV routes could provide some suggestions. I'm looking to take my son on his first wall and trying to find a reasonable wall in the area similar to Moonlight or Prodigal in Zion. In other words reasonable aid C1/C2+, 5.8/5.9, preferably hammer free, that could typically be completed in a couple days (Grade IV/V). I'm searching for alternatives to Zion because of the various wall closures there this autumn which kind of blows the calendar for us.
It's great to see all the high end free routes in the guides but very unfortunately few mentions of aid options. Guide book authers: this reader would like to see references to original ratings when possible. (e.g. 5.9/A2 old school now often only referenced as free 5.12a)
Thanks for any suggestions.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 19, 2010

Unfortunately, Red Rock really isnt known for its aid walls- the nature of the sandstone lends itself much more to free climbing than aid.

I would recommend the Original Route on Rainbow Wall, but the honest truth is that its much better as a free climb for the 5.10 leader who doesnt mind pulling on bolts/good gear now and then.

The general Rainbow Wall vicinity is probably your best bet. Buffalo Wall is the other wall, but the aid tends to be harder/scarier and only one or two routes up there have even seen second ascents, let alone traffic. Theres piles of aid routes on the Rainbow Wall and the only route up there that sees free climbers on a regular basis is the Original Route.

By Pete Bresciani
Sep 20, 2010

For aid practice in Red Rocks, a good little climb is the first part of Plan F on Ragged Edges wall.

www.mountainproject.com/v/nevada/red_rock/willow_spring/105733169

It's steep enough and you can practice jumaring too. September is the perfect time to climb Prodigal Sun. I would say Moonlight Buttress is an easier aid climb than Prodigal Sun, but October might be better for that one.

By Mike McLean
Nov 3, 2010

>>"Who could ask for more?"
>>How about some beta on the camping...

The sarcastic comment is old, but still applies. For an area so popular, this page sure does ... stink. Compare it to the front page of the Gunks ...

There was a recent tiny debate about stinky pages in the Gunks section (here) and it seems like the front page of Red Rock suffers the same lack of information.

I'll be buying the guide books either way, but the site would really gain from having some sort of community editing to fix these useless descriptions.

By Darren in Vegas
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 9, 2010

Here is an attempt to consolidate some of the Frequently Asked Questions about Red Rock. Hope this helps you on your trip to Vegas

www.mountainproject.com/v/nevada/frequently_asked_red_rock_q>>>

By Greg G
From: SLC, UT
Dec 13, 2010

Another good addition of advice is...

If you have the slightest doubt you might be late getting back to your car simply call up the ranger line and give them your route, and car info. this has worked everytime for us in the past. have never received a bunk ticket.

By cragsavvy
From: Salt Lake City
Apr 2, 2011

shouldn't it be 'Red Rocks' with an "s"?

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 2, 2011

Actually, no- red rock is correct as the areas name is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area- 'red rocks' is a name that has caught on over time with out of towners, but locals still refer to it as red rock for the most part.

By drmartindell
From: Homer, Ak
Sep 28, 2011

Any advice on transport from airport to RR? Flying in but need a ride out to meet up with partner. Taxis, buses, etc? My buddy can pick me up somewhere close by but doesn't want to drive to the airport during the hours I'll be arriving.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 28, 2011

Um, a taxi will cost a fortune- i'm sure all of $50 one way, if not more to the edge of town. Buses- I have no idea if they run in/out of the airport. You can check the Regional Transportation Commissions' (RTC)website for bus schedule/routes and maybe catch a cab to a close-by route where you can ride to the edge of town. The closest bus station to Red Rock is likely somewhere near Charleston/215.

By drmartindell
From: Homer, Ak
Sep 29, 2011

Thanks, I'll start there and post what I find out. I'm not sure how bad it is getting to and from the airport around 9am but my buddy seems to be VERY hesitant to go near it.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 29, 2011

9am? seriously? tell your buddy to sack up and just come get you. late sunday/late friday sucks, any other time is no biggie.

By chrisIerickson
From: Salt Lake, UT
Oct 26, 2011

Any suggestions on crags at Red Rocks that have big and flat bases? Thinking about a trip with the kids, and want to be sure they are away from stuff they can tumble down. Kids are pretty young, so we keep them close.

Single pitch is best.

Thanks!

By jim schuring
From: pennsylvania
Nov 24, 2011

we have found the easiest way to pick up a late comer at the airport is actually to jump the shuttle bus to the car rental garage and pick them up at the curb no traffic easy on/off 215 , and of coarse its a free ride

By Ryan Stefani
Mar 29, 2012

Good job on the wag bags! These should be mandatory for all desert environments.

By doodmar
Nov 29, 2012

FOUND

- HARNESS
- SHOES
-CHALKBAG

SECOND PULLOUT ON THE 29 OF NOV

- JUST NEED TO KNOW THE BRAND OF ALL THE GEAR AND ITS YOURS

IF YOU LOST THIS STUFF E-MAIL KYLE @

skalacker88@hotmail.com

WOULD LOVE TO GET THIS STUFF BACK TO ITS OWNER I KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE TO LOOSE SH!T

By stefand
Dec 1, 2012

Hey,
I'm new in town. Looking to project sport routes during the weekends, especially Monster Skank, but any 5.12's and 13's. Send me an email if you'd like to meet up: stefandruzdzel_4@hotmail.com

By NLi10Me
Dec 24, 2012

Hola climbing amigos. I'm driving out to Vegas with my lovely girlfriend Jillian on the afternoon/evening of Thursday the 27th and returning on the night of Sunday the 30th. I'll be leaving from the Los Angeles area and I'm wondering if anyone wants to ride with us? Also, we're getting a hotel room at the quad for Thursday/Friday/Saturday night. Does anyone want to split a room with us? I got a quote for ~$150.00 (everything included) for a room with 2 queen size beds, so if split 3 ways that's $50/person or 4 ways that's ~$37/person. Jillian and I will be mutli-pitching long/easy routes (WON'T TELL YOU WHICH HAHA), as a team of two, so you'll need to have other climbing plans, or if you're a competent trad team we can do the same route but in separate teams. Anyone interested?

By natedawg
Jan 6, 2013

The extreme management (i.e. closing access every evening and flushing people out) of the loop seems unjustified to me - nowhere else is BLM or even NPS land so strictly controlled. Does anyone know why? Were people dumping bodies out there in the 70's?

By smassey
From: CO
Jan 7, 2013

@nate: It is a bit extreme, but being that close to an urban area of 1.6M makes it necessary to have stronger regs, as well as not having a huge budget for rangers. Given the graffiti problem in the Calico as it is, for example, having the loop open all the time would 'probably' increase that. Ideas for a more streamlined, mobile-friendly late exit system have been discussed for awhile, but without significant public input, may never be implemented. If you have some ideas, feel free to let the BLM know. A good person to contact is Mark Spencer, Field Manager. His office is :
Red Rock/Sloan Field Office
4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
m1spence@blm.gov
702.515.5351

Or feel free to contact your local representative, and have them convey your thoughts to the NV congressmen and the BLM.

By Emily Bowles
Mar 20, 2013

Hey all!
I'll be arriving in Vegas Friday afternoon (3/29). Looking to hitch up and follow someone the next morning (early) or maybe even Friday night if that's an option. I've got to be back in Vegas by 10:30am Saturday morning. I know it's not much time, so I'm thinking sunrise is a good time to head out? I'm confident on a 5.8-ish and anything above I'm game to try. Looking for a short(ish) & sweet session with minimal approach time.
Will have just completed a week long geology field trip so the time is short but I'd be super psyched just to get a few hours in!

By Boz Wilkes
From: New Paltz, NY
Apr 3, 2013

At the Front Corridor crag, does anyone know what the mixed route is that seems to be two routes to climber's left of Man's Best Friend? I climbed it the other day and it was 3 bolts from the start and then trad up a right-facing flake, traverse right along a horizontal crack, then up a left-facing corner then traverse a short way over a bulge up to chains. I can't seem to find this route anywhere.

By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Apr 12, 2013

By Tom Monahan
Apr 20, 2013

There has been some confusion in the past, which we hope to dispel... The Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue team DOES NOT charge for its services. We are part of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, a tax-funded public safety agency. Don't hesitate to call us if you get in trouble.

The best way to reach us is by dialling 9-1-1. An emergency operator may be able to collect GPS coordinates from your cell phone.

Please, don't hesitate. Call us if you need us.

By b-mcg
Dec 1, 2013

Regarding Accommodations and transportation. I live very close to Red Rock and rent a spare bedroom out of my house through Airbnb.com.
My guests are almost exclusively climbers and for transportation most of my them rent cars but at least a few have opted take the Red Rock Casino airport shuttle bus from the airport to casino and then walk ten minutes to my house. This may be a good option whether you stay at my place or intend to take a cab from the casino to your final destination. The shuttle is free but remember to tip the shuttle driver becuase hey, you'll be saving a $60 cab ride so you can afford a nice tip. The Shuttle normally makes its circle once every other hour but I recommend calling the bell desk at the casino to confirm times).

By Alex Aristei
Dec 29, 2013

Great place to eat.
www.yelp.com/biz/sasa-sushi-las-vegas-2
Sasa Sushi

Great Climber owned Business !!! so lets support it :)

By Greg Barnes
Jun 20, 2014

"Red Rock"??? Never heard of it. I have literally never heard a climber call Red Rocks "Red Rock."

Admins - you really should switch everything to Red Rocks - "Red Rock" as a title is just embarrassing Mountain Project!

In case people disagree…I present Exhibit A:

Red Rocks guides.
Red Rocks guides.

By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Jun 21, 2014

Gee Greg, you should look more closely at some of the photo captions, above.